Judges Panel


  • Abhas Gupta Abhas Gupta

    Bio: MD is a Summer Associate at Mohr Davidow Ventures focusing on the digital health space. He joins MDV from a life sciences strategy consulting firm, ClearView Healthcare Partners, where his work ranged from M&A due diligence to pharma research/commercialization strategy. Prior to that, Abhas was completing his medical training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Abhas holds a B.S. in Computational Biology from Brown University.


  • Aaron Blackledge Aaron Blackledge

    Bio: Dr. Blackledge is a leading innovator in the direct practice of medicine movement. He founded San Francisco's Care Practice Clinic in late 2008 with zero patients, one doctor, and a single staff person. He took the innovative approach of crafting an affordable neighborhood based transparent pricing strategy in a fee for service model and launched it almost exclusively through social media platforms.

    With most doctors giving up the dream of private practice, many thought his concept was unlikely to succeed and would struggle to be financially viable. A more accurate description would be that most of his doctor friends thought he was crazy and had lost his mind. Where his colleagues saw a primary care disaster, he saw an opportunity to craft a new model of care in community desperate for choice. By July of 2011 the clinic has over 7,000 unique patients and has 5 doctors on staff. Dr. Blackledge is very involved in the startup community and has been active in Summit Series since 2009. He has consulted for several health care startups, venture capitalists, private equity firms, and sits on numerous advisory boards. He has a rare combination of skill sets. He is a practicing physicians who thinks like a technologist, and yet has the background and training of an artist. He graduated from art school at Sarah Lawrence College with a major in Modern Dance. That combination has led him to thrive on being creative and forward thinking while advising numerous companies. He has worked on crafting innovative approaches to practice management, doctor patient communication, and patient education applications. He has built Care Practice into a leading incubator for new technologies and a beta testing facility to develop new products. He is a senior advisor and design consultant with Indicate Design Groupe in San Francisco working with their health care clients. He spends about 60% of his time working in the tech space and the rest seeing patients. Dr. Blackledge graduated with Honors from the Dartmouth-Brown University joint medical program in 2001 and completed residency in Family Medicine at UCSF Sutter Santa Rosa in 2004.


  • Ron Gutman Ron Gutman

    Bio: Ron Gutman is the founder and CEO of HealthTap, a personalized health-info site that\'s currently in beta. He\'s also the organizer of TEDxSiliconValley.


  • Jackson Wilkinson Jackson Wilkinson

    Bio: Jackson is an entrepreneur, product designer, and web developer focused on solving real problems for real people. Currently Founder and CEO of WeSprout and based in San Francisco, Jackson has previously served as Director of User Experience at Posterous and as design lead at LinkedIn. While living back east in DC, Jackson led the user experience group at Viget Labs, working with dozens of early-stage companies to design and craft great products, and bringing the lessons he learned to more established clients like National Geographic and PBS. Jackson has a degree in music and philosophy cum laude from Bowdoin College.


  • Lesa Mitchell Lesa Mitchell

    Bio: Lesa Mitchell is a vice president with the Kauffman Foundation. She has been responsible for the Foundation’s frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universitieLesa Mitchells into the commercial market and the new relationships between disease philanthropy and for profit companies.

    Under Mitchell’s leadership, the Foundation is defining and codifying alternative commercialization pathways, and identifying new models to foster innovation. Mitchell was instrumental in the founding of the Kauffman Innovation Network/ iBridge Network, the Translational Medicine Alliance, the National Academies-based University–Industry Partnership and leader in the replication of innovator-based mentor programs across the U.S. In addition, Mitchell serves on the boards of Gazelle Growth in Denmark, the University of Kansas Institute for Commercialization and is an advisor to the Institute for Pediatric Innovation. Prior to joining Kauffman, Mitchell spent twenty years of her career in global executive roles at Aventis, Quintiles, and Marion Laboratories and ran an electronic clinical trials consulting business in support of global pharmaceutical clients.